Regional Taggers Strangely Spare Hoboken
Nice try, KID PK impostor!
As you know, Hoboken411 has been interested in this regional graffiti tagger (or taggers) “KID PK.” We’ve talked in the past that maybe this fella lives in Hoboken, since we suspect the golden rule by taggers not to tag their home city.
However – I spotted this “fake” tag over in Elysian Park this past winter, and it’s definitely NOT KID PK. Some lame impersonator.
(I need an assistant to help with the 100’s of thousands of photos I have. They get lost!)
KID PK Graffiti finally lands in Hoboken
Been following this KID PK graffiti for a while here on Hoboken411, wondering why this prolific regional “tagger” never swept into Hoboken.
Much to my surprise the other day – the famous tags were spotted on a trash container near the Shipyard Apartments uptown. It is likely, however, that he didn’t tag them here in the Mile Square, but rather some other city – since these containers are constantly rotated around. But is still neat to recognize his “brand.”
PK KID Graffiti almost reaches Hoboken
Back in September, we had a reader feature with some photos and history behind the “PK” and “KID” graffiti tags seen all over the tri-state area.
This tag was spotted on a trailer parked near the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City… it was obviously painted on the truck before-hand, but it almost made it to Hoboken. Still haven’t seen one photograph of these tags here in the Mile Square.
Have you ever wondered about KID PK graffiti?
Hoboken411 reader “BTS” was fascinated enough by the “KID” and “PK” graffiti tags that exist in the tri-state area to submit a piece for your review!
“I travel all over the region. For a while now I’ve been noticing two “tags” on almost every trip I take out of Hoboken: “KID” and “PK.” This is most likely the work of two taggers (not one), and I’m often astonished at the risks they took to accomplish the act ̶ some tags are up several stories on building exteriors, on dangerous-looking rock outcroppings, and on tall water towers.
I’ve been sitting in traffic when these tags will catch my eye. I wonder who had the guts to repel off some boarded-up building, and I consider what the tag might mean to them. Whereas I have a problem with graffiti on a person’s property, I don’t find it offensive on a derelict factory or abandoned property. In fact, I almost appreciate what it does to draw my attention to these crumbling buildings I might otherwise ignore.
I’ve seen these KID and PK tags all over Hudson County, farther south on the NJ Turnpike, and even on high overpasses and trestles in Morris and Essex Counties. When the tags are on functioning infrastructure, though, they get covered up by fresh paint pretty fast. At some point recently, I got curious to research this. I found a Staten Island site with a gallery displaying the works of KID and PK (search by artist name: http://www.robotswillkill.com). This site claims to be dedicated to the appreciation of underground artists, and there are hundreds featured.
Everywhere but Hoboken?
It’s my understanding that graffiti artists or taggers are seen ̶ and apprehended ̶ less frequently because of the careful practices they follow. This includes not dressing the part, tagging along a variety of routes, and even using magnets on the bottom of spray paint cans to keep their rattling tools from giving them away. It’s also pretty much understood among taggers (or so I’ve read) that you stay away from your home zone to minimize the chance of being connected. That got me thinking that if Hoboken is one of the only places that does not have a KID PK tags, are these taggers living among us?
Is this graffiti anywhere in Hoboken? Has anyone ever wondered about these taggers, or others? I recently drove with a co-worker who takes the same route as me every day, and they had never noticed them. So maybe it’s just me.”
Do you think “KID” and “PK might live in Hoboken?